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songs won't play when I click on them

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Nov 18, 2012 1:36 AM



When I click on a song in ITunes, the name comes up in the window but it won't play.  What happened?

Thanks in advance   Bobbi

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 7:59 AM (in response to atangodancer)

    Restart your computer?


    Do you see the scrollbar moving?  Is it really not playing or do you just not hear anything?


    Have you tried playing it in Quicktime Player? 


    All files or just one file?

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Nov 20, 2012 9:30 AM (in response to atangodancer)

    This is part of life's decisions.  You have to determine how fail-safe this all needs to be.  If your career depends upon it you may want to make sure you have a second computer and sound system with 100% redundancy.  It surprises me the number of people who come on here and say they are professional DJs and their hard drive just crashed and they did not have a backup. I would not hire somebody that sloppy, and if your professional career depends upon it then of course you have a backup -- an external hard drive only costs $100.  Yes, a second computer would be expensive, but if I was a professional DJ I would factor it into my costs.  This may be going beyond your needs but I am just observing.  Skydivers have a backup parachute in adddition to their main one because they know what is at risk and decide the cost/trouble is worth it vs. the consequences.  I carry a spare tire in my car.  I do not carry two spares.  I have decided that's my level of risk acceptance vs. inconvenience at filling up the back with spare tires I only need once every 15 years.


    I don't think anybody here knows why it stopped playing music.  Even if you took it to an Apple Store I bet they could not tell you why.  Unless it happens frequently you probably can never determine why.  Every computer, once people start using it, is unique.  It could be iTunes stops playing after you have used Excel for exactly 3 minutes to check the third page of your 2003 household accounting file while listening to The Beatles Hey Jude for 46 seconds after listening to the first movement of Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto while Safari is open to your e-mail account, and only given that set of conditions.

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Nov 23, 2012 10:34 AM (in response to atangodancer)

    Well, I have been using iTunes for over 10 years and never had it not play a song.  I've had it crash on one occasion last week when playing one particular track which I had messed about with the formatting so much I am not surprised.  It did it several times for the same track and I just went back to my original file.  Otherwise iTunes has been solid for me.


    Of course I am still using iTunes 7.5 and have used it for the past 7 years.  Newer versions have so many bells and whistles that I decided I didn't need I figured why bother upgrading?


    Any program can crash. You can try others but the best way to guarantee success is to simplify the system.  Why not use a CD and a boombox?  There's a lot less to go wrong.


    I imagine is iTunes is fairly well programmed but it is free software targeted at consumer level use.  If you can reliably reproduce the exact situation causing failure then you can send a bug report to Apple.  If you can't then there's not much anybody else can do and frankly I think it is just as likely something similar could happen with any software you use.


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